Date/Time: 16 May @ 14:30(Matinees); 11-16 May @ 21:00(Evenings);

‘We’re not normal, Zach. So why are we trying to be?’

On the eve of Ally’s 30th birthday, he and his partner Zach dissect what it means to be a gay man in 2020, and whether long-lasting, monogamous relationships between men are possible. A relationship comedy-drama, ‘A Partnership’ has no angels, no AIDS and no other characters; only the shadow of internalised homophobia, and the question of whether we can – or should – be ‘normal.’

AGE: 16+
CATEGORY Comedy-drama
COMPANY Paper Mug Theatre (Ireland)
WRITER Rory Thomas-Howes
DIRECTOR Josh Tucker
CAST: Rory Thomas-Howes, Ben Hadfield

Rory Thomas-Howes was longlisted for the Bruntwood Prize and performed on the Globe Theatre stage in the Sam Wanamaker Festival 2019. Josh Tucker was in a national tour of Tom Wells and Mathew Robbins’ one-man musical comedy ‘Drip.’ Ben Hadfield was nominated for Best Actor at the Derek Awards at Edinburgh Fringe 2019.
A Partnership – Off West End Commendation (Oct 2019), one of The List’s Top 10 LGBT Shows (Aug 2019).
Paper Mug Theatre – Best Fringe Debut, Theatre Weekly (Aug 2019).
Rory Thomas-Howes – Lilian Baylis Award for Acting, longlisted for the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting.
‘Vividly believable… incredibly astute… funny, shocking and a vitally important piece of LGBTQ+ writing’ – Greg Stewart, Theatre Weekly (A Partnership, five stars)
‘Funny, feisty and utterly, utterly heart-breaking… the script is superb’ – Maria Cleasby, Ed Fringe Review (A Partnership, five stars)
‘Commendably unpacks prejudice… artfully constructed script’ – William Leckie, BroadwayBaby (A Partnership, four stars)
‘Intensely honest… powerfully unique and timely’ – Jonathan Marshall, Broadway World UK (A Partnership, four stars)
‘Incredibly funny, raw and clever… sharp and hilarious’ – Amy Toledano, WithinHerWords (A Partnership, four stars)
‘One of the finest pieces of new writing I’ve come across in a long time’ – Glenn Chandler (playwright, creator of Taggart)

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